DU30 orders removal of his photos in gov’t offices and public schools

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - By Leila B. Salaverria

MALACAÑANG doesn’t want to see the faces of President Duterte, the mayor, or any public official on the walls of government offices and state schools.

Instead, photos of Philippine heroes like Jose Rizal, Lapu-Lapu, and Andres Bonifacio should be displayed, according to Memorandum Circular 25 that the palace issued on Sept. 15.

The circular, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, says that it was the state’s policy to promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage.

“The state shall provide the means to strengthen the people’s nationalism, love of country, and respect for its heroes by emphasizing the importance of Philippine national and local history in the daily life of the Filipinos, with the objective of raising social consciousness and patriotism,” it said.

It directs all government government agencies and instrumentalities, including government owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and public schools to display photographs, paintings, or other forms of virtual representation of Philippine heroes in lieu of the photographs, paintings, or other forms of virtual representation of elected or appointed government officials.

The circular, which takes effect immediately, provided a list of recognized Philippine heroes as identified by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Aside from Rizal, Bonifacio, and Lapu-Lapu, the list also includes Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang, Fathers Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomes, and Jacinto Zamora, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Jose Abad Santos.

It has been the usual practice of government offices, including those within the Malacañang compound, to put up photos of the incumbent President.

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